Super-8 film stocks, whats out there?

Did you know that there are more than 20 different super 8 film stocks available on the market?

- New on the market: ADOX PAN-X Reverso Super8 and: Kahl NC 17 (1960s look colour film!)

Reloadable cartridge

While Kodak Super 8 mm cartridges cannot be reloaded, a reloadable cartridge was manufactured in the former USSR:
reloadable super-8 cartridge

New January 2015: a reloadable super-8 cartridge from GK Film Germany. Check it out:

...order at Cinevia.eu

Digital super-8 cartridge by Nolab

"Give new life to your Super 8 camera with the Nolab Digital Super 8 Cartridge. Shoot 720p HD video with any Super 8 camera."
Every heard of a 'digital super-8 cartridge'?! Me neither! But it exists. In these modern days a company came with a brilliant invention, read about it here: digital super-8 cartridge

digital super 8 cartridge

SUPER 8 FILM STOCKS from Kodak, Fuji, Wittner, Pro8mm, Cinevia and Kahl Film. For excellent samples of stock, visit: www.westsiderfilm.com/clips.html and straight8 sample page. For 16mm. stocks check out for example ORWO North America.

Color super-8 stock

ektachrome 100d Kodak Ektachrome 100D: Reversal film for motion imaging has a powerful ability to emulate reality and bring a story to life. Film is about depth; it's about nuance of color, flow of movement. Super 8 EKTACHROME 100D Color Reversal Film delivers the power of film. The film process is E-6. DISCONTINUED. New film: Vision3 50D.

Ektachrome 100D for sale on eBay:

ektachrome 64tKodak Ektachrome 64T: This Super 8 mm format film offers excellent color reproduction, fine grain and high sharpness. EKTACHROME 64T Color Reversal Film 7280 is a 64-speed tungsten balanced film with outstanding reciprocity characteristics, which give consistent color balance over a wide range of exposures. The film process is E-6. DISCONTINUED


Super 8 VISION3 50DKodak VISION3 50D: Kodak VISION3 50D Film features unrivaled highlight latitude, flexibility in postproduction, and proven archival stability. The expanded dynamic range allows for increased creative control in the extremes of exposure, especially high contrast daylight exteriors. Process ECN-2.

Super 8 VISION3 500TKodak VISION3 500T: A high speed film featuring several technical innovations that deliver improved exposure latitude-so you can capture an amazing amount of shadow detail with noticeably lower grain, or rely on the extended highlight latitude and follow the action into bright light without worrying about blown-out details. Process ECN-2.

super 8 Kodak Vision3 200TKodak VISION3 200T: Performs superbly in both controlled interiors and in challenging high-contrast situations. Increased highlight latitude so you can move faster on set a pull more detail out of highlights. Reduced grain in shadows so you can push the boundaries of underexposure and still get outstanding results. KODAK VISION3 200T Color Negative Film 7213 delivers the image structure of a 100-speed film with the versatility of a 200-speed product, offering you the benefits of two films in one. Process ECN-2.

Vision3 for sale on eBay:

Fuji VelviaFuji Velvia 50 Daylight reversal : Tests have shown grain and sharpness to be similar to Kodachrome 40 film (and far superior to Ektachrome 64T). Color and latitude, however, are better than K-40, offering more detail in the shadows and saturation in every hue pushed to the extreme! Check out Cinevia's website for ordering and prices.

Film stock by Pro8mm

ASA 50 Daylight Negative: Latitude 5-stops of fine grain saturated colors with full chrominance. Best used in full sun, without shadows. Reformatted from 5245

ASA 50 Daylight Negative: Latitude 7-stops of extreme fine grain. Sharpest super 8 film available. Shows fine detail in both image and color for very natural reproduction. Great for shooting flesh tones when there is an abundance of daylight used. Reformatted from Vision2 5201.

ASA 100 Tungsten Negative: Latitude 7-stops of extreme fine grain. Sharpest super 8 film available shows fine detail in both image and color for very natural reproduction. This is great for shooting flesh tones when there is an abundance of light. Reformatted from Vision2 5212.

ASA 250 Daylight Negative: Latitude 7-stops of fine grain and saturated colors for full chrominance. Reformatted from Eterna 63 250 D.

ASA 400 Tungsten Negative: Latitude 7-stops of fine grain. It can be easily saturated while maintaining the subtle contrasts of skin tone. Reformatted from Fuji Eterna 400T.

ASA 500 No Color Balance: Latitude 10-stop moderate grain. This the first of a new generation of film designed specifically for digital Mastering. This film has an incredible ample color space to render good flesh tones under mixed lights. Pro8/99 is very forgiving to mixed lighting situations. Reformatted from 5299 (premium stock)

Visit the online Pro8mm.com shop here.

...on eBay (usually includes processing):

Wittner CHROME 100D, Color Reversal : Contains Kodak Ektachrome 100D (7285) Film. Here you can find Wittner's film stocks.

Black & white super-8 stock

PLUS-XKodak Plus-X B&W Reversal: A medium-speed, panchromatic black-and-white film suitable for general exterior photography. It has a high degree of sharpness, good contrast, and tonal gradation. It can also be used in interior photography with ample artificial illumination. DISCONTINUED
TRI-XKodak Tri-X B&W Reversal: Offers finer grain and increased sharpness, and includes EASTMAN KEYKODE Numbers for easy cross-reference of shots in minutes, not hours. Reduced static support allows for a cleaner image throughout the filmmaking process.

Click here to find Black & White reversal film for sale

Kahl film

Kahl super 8Kahl Dokument 12ASA: High contrast b/w film suitable for docs, ads and art films.
Kahl super 8Kahl 21 B&W Negative 100ASA
Kahl super 8Kahl 24 B&W Reversal 200ASA
Kahl super 8Kahl 27 High Speed Negative 400ASA

Find all Kahl films on their website.

Pro8mm B&W Reversal Film, 10, 100 and 200 ASA

Double Super-8

Double Super 8 mm film is a 16mm. wide film but has super-8 size sprockets. It is used in the same way as standard 8mm film in that the film is run through the camera twice, exposing one side on each pass. After processing, the film is split down the middle and the two pieces spliced together to produce a single strip for projection in a Super 8 projector. Because it has sprockets on both sides of the film, the pin-registration is superior to Super 8 film and so picture stability is better.

I have filmed a lot with DS-8. The Czech firm FOMA still makes 100 ASA regular-8, 16mm. and double-super-8 reversal black/white film. At Wittner they have the same stock put in super-8 cartridges. It's not expensive and it's great to work with. It's called FOMAPAN R 100.

Fomapan R100 DS-8Fomapan R100 Zenith Quarz DS-8Zenith Quarz DS-8 camera

You can use with camera's like: Canon Scoopic DS-8 (expensive!) or the cheap Zenith Quarz DS-8 wind-up camera's (good quality, filmed with myself).

Canon Scoopic
Canon Scoopic Double Super 8 - Zoom DS-8

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